May 12, 2009

South Australia to benefit from Nation Building Budget

South Australia to benefit from Nation Building Budget

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 12 2009

In this Budget the Rudd Labor Government is investing almost $380 million in South Australia’s road and rail infrastructure – an investment that will support local jobs and local businesses during the current global recession.

All up, the 2009-10 Budget delivers an increase in federal funding of $101.6 million, or 37 per cent, over the 2008-09 Budget for South Australian road and rail projects.

As well as putting in place the modern, well-planned transport infrastructure vital to the State’s and the nation’s long term prosperity, our record investment program will support jobs and provide an immediate stimulus to local economies.

During 2009-10, work will start on a range of major road and rail projects including:

  • Projects in the Dukes Highway safety upgrade program – construction is expected to start in 2010 and is scheduled for completion in 2014.
  • The Victor Harbor Road and Main South Road intersection upgrade – construction is expected to start in 2010 and is scheduled for completion in 2010.

At the other end of the construction cycle, the following major projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2009-10:

  • Duplication of the Sturt Highway between Gawler and Greenock.
  • Upgrade of the Strzelecki Track.
  • Adelaide Rail Freight Movements Study.

On top of the additional money for upgrading poorly designed and congested sections of the State’s road network, we are funding a range of initiatives designed to improve road safety:

  • $9.5 million to eliminate 22 dangerous black spots on local roads.
  • $9.1 million to continue installing boom gates and other safety measures at 34 high risk level crossings.
  • $4.2 million to address the lack of safe, modern roadside facilities for truck drivers, including new and refurbished rest stops, parking bays and decoupling areas.

Our investment doesn’t stop there.

The Rudd Labor Government will provide $78.7 million to maintain and upgrade local roads in South Australia. Much of this funding will be paid to the State’s 73 councils.

The Government is working to strengthen the Australian economy during this global recession. By developing well designed transport networks we are contributing to higher productivity and rising living standards.

That’s why the Government is investing so much with such urgency.

Funding for the programs and projects listed above is being delivered under the Rudd Labor Government’s six year, $26.7 billion Nation Building Program to which the South Australian government has signed up.